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Sharing a photo: This Cow looks Nice

This Cow Looks Nice...

I was on my way back to San Francisco from recording a rather silly TWiT episode at the cottage in Petaluma and I spotted a field of cows bathed in the most glorious golden magic hour light I had ever seen. It was similar to the light in that scene in Transformers where minxy Megan Fox is slinking down a dirt highway and Shia is looking perplexed, anxious & slightly constipated. Like that only cows instead of beads of sweat on Megan Fox’s sweaty cleavage. < — I’m going to get so many google search hits for that. Stats score!

Anyway, I jumped out of the old jalopyΒ of a rental van I was in and ran towards the field to catch the beautiful light. This was my first mistake. You see there was a new & very protective mother cow with her new baby calves. And as you might imagine, Mama Cow was not too happy at me for charging towards her kin with a huge sniper lens. Maybe she was shy about her post pregnancy baby weight or something? So I slowed down, pretended to shoot some flower macros on the side of the road and sneakily approached from the side.

Well, I guess Mama was no fool because as soon as I was close enough to take a shot, she let out the most horrific ‘Moo’ I have ever heard. This was no Fisher Price barn opening moo, but a “I will bore out your eye sockets for fun” sort of Moo. I saw death in that mama cow’s eyes. Skull n’ cross-bones death, I tell you.

This is when I realized there was a large barbed wire fence between me and Mean Mama, so I snapped the shot of her boyfriend, stuck out my tongue, and skipped away.

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    April 26, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    Moo you!

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    April 26, 2009 at 2:31 AM

    Erm… isn’t that a male cow?

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    Aaron Witherow
    April 26, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    Trying to trick a cow was your first mistake they are very intelligent animals, no “I’m just taking pictures of flowers” is gonna work.

    You would have got much better result dressing up as a milk maid, norman bates psycho style and make the cows think it was morning.

    The cows are always watching!

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    April 26, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    In Google Reader on an iPhone, this looks almost like a Warhol print.

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    Graham L
    April 26, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    It’s jalopy.

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    April 26, 2009 at 5:04 AM

    “perplexed, anxious, and slightly constipated” haha this is great comedy! I’d probably look the same if I got to see Megan’s sweaty cleavage in person. New MostlyLisa post – sweaty cleavage pictures – think of the hits you’ll get from that!

    That cow was definitely having issues with her post pregnancy baby weight! I bet she was giving you “stink eye” too.

    Nice magic light picture Lisa. That model is a real cow!

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    Pete Prodoehl
    April 26, 2009 at 5:55 AM

    Is a “gelapi” anything like a “jalopy”?

    You kids with your crazy lingo!

    Also, the light does look pretty amazing in this shot!

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    April 26, 2009 at 5:55 AM

    Cute story, but that cow looks totally photoshop’d. Just sayin’

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    April 26, 2009 at 5:57 AM

    I think the cow smelled the lingering scent of Dvorak. He seems to have that effect on many species. :P

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    April 26, 2009 at 6:13 AM


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    April 26, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    shoulda tipped the cow and then taken a picture as proof ;-p

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    April 26, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Lisa, I believe the phrase you’re looking for is “this moo was aimed for my soul” or something like that ;)

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    April 26, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    …but where’s the udder??? XD

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    Mark Haines
    April 26, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Now I am hungry…

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    April 27, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    Actually, a cow protecting her calf is an EXTREMELY dangerous animal. For something that otherwise looks so unintelligent and calm, they can be a real terror if you get too close during calving season. That’s common knowledge up here in North Dakota. Gotta love that good ol’ maternal instinct!

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    April 27, 2009 at 8:27 AM

    A little insight I thought I’d share. I have seen cows smooth run through a barbed wire fence. It might have hurt them, but they weren’t showing it. They’re tough…

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    April 27, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Another “Twilight Zone” moment with a cow! Just remember although dangerous, they are not that smart. Good shot.

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    April 27, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    I forgot to add; just saw the several feeds of your TWIT show with leo and the wine tasting. Great series, ignore the peanut gallery of twelve year olds!

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    Mostly Lisa
    April 28, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    @GrahamΒ L: I’m a Master Linguist, I’ll spells how I wants to! ha!

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    April 30, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    I just listened to the TWIT show, sounds like you all had a good time!

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    April 30, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Udderly beautiful pic. It mooo’ved me…

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    May 2, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    This reminds me of the episode of Friends where Joey says “the point is moo”, everyone looks perplexed and Joey goes on to explain “the point is moo, it’s like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter”

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    May 9, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Your spelling of gelapi (jalopy) begs the question, Are you part Italian? Gelapi reminds me of gelato, the famous Italian-style ice cream. :)

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    Mostly Lisa
    May 15, 2009 at 1:52 AM

    @MacSmiley: ha! you got me. That’s totally why i spelt it that way. And, to be honest, my spelling looks waaaaay better :P

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    Angel Cortina
    October 2, 2009 at 6:12 PM

    That funny!! I always want to stop but never do.

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